Year 9 Sailing and Sea Kayaking Expedition. In Week 7 of Term 3, the Year 9 students at Discovery Christian College ventured down to their launching spot at Victoria Point for a week of sailing and sea kayaking in the beautiful Moreton Bay area. Students camped on Coochiemudlo Island, Peel Island, and North Stradbroke Island at Straddie Camping Ground and Bradbury’s Beach.
Queensland Christian Camping Centre, who is the facilitator of DCC’s sequential camp program in the high school, led the journey. For the first half of the week we welcomed the crew from ‘Blue Peter: The Sailing School’ who showed us the ropes, or should I say ‘sheets’, of sailing in boats created from a 200 year old design.
The art of sailing was quickly mastered as each student got a turn at all the different roles required while sailing. The sailing leg of the journey presented a fantastic opportunity to acquire a new skill, learn a new (sea) language, understand the importance of using your initiative, and learn to work as a team in a tight-knit situation. From racing, to adventuring, to learning how to harness the wind and jib and jive, the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The second leg of the journey saw the students change to a slower paced sea kayak as they began the more physically demanding half of the week. Paddling along in a group meant more time for talking and singing and sharing in experiences as a whole, with the opportunity to spot numerous marine life.
A significant part of the experience takes place on land as students learn to organise themselves as a group and take on the responsibilities of setting up camp, preparing and cooking all their meals, and also take time out to enjoy nature with a night walk along the beach or a quick dip in the ocean.
The students had a wonderful time and learnt a great deal about living and working with each other and enjoying life on the water.
Miss Priscilla van Brummelen